Müstair, Switzerland

Across the border to Müstair village.

Across the border to Müstair village in Switzerland.

Benedictine Convent of Saint John, Müstair

Benedictine Convent of Saint John, Müstair

Müstair is a village in the Val Müstair municipality in the district of Inn in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The village has a population of 748, and is located at an altitude of 1273 meters.

Müstair Village Map

Müstair Village Map

Description of Müstair Village

Description of Müstair Village

The main tourist attraction in the area is the Benedictine Convent of Saint John.

Benedictine Convent of Saint John, Müstair

Benedictine Convent of Saint John, Müstair

Cemetery of the Abbey of Saint John.

Cemetery of the Abbey of Saint John

The Churchyard of Convent of Saint John

The Churchyard of Convent of Saint John

The Abbey of Saint John is an ancient Benedictine monastery in the Swiss village of Müstair. By reason of its exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

The main Altar of the Convent of Saint John

The main Altar of the Convent of Saint John

Mural of the main altar; Dinner of Herod Antipas with dancing Salome

Mural of the main altar; Dinner of Herod Antipas with dancing Salome

Statue of Charlemagne in the abbey church

Statue of Charlemagne in the abbey church.

Charlemagne, king of the Franks, was a patron of the Convent of Saint John Müstair. It is believed that the abbey was established ca. 780 by a bishop of Chur, perhaps under orders from Charlemagne. The abbey was located along the Val Müstair pass over the Alps from Italy and was fortified to allow it to control the pass.

Interior of the church

Interior of the church

Floor plan of the Saint John Abbey, Müstair

Floor plan of the Saint John Abbey, Müstair

Holy Cross Chapel, Müstair

Holy Cross Chapel, Müstair

The Holy Cross Chapel in Müstair is one of the outstanding religious buildings of Carolingian architecture in Europe.

From the Abbey church to the courtyard.

From the Abbey church to the courtyard of Convent.

Through this gate to the courtyard.

Through this gate to the courtyard.

The Courtyard of Convent of Saint John

The Courtyard of Convent of Saint John

After the Convent, I walked around in the little village of Müstair.

 Müstair Village

Peaceful Village Müstair

 Müstair Village

Scenery of the Müstair Village

 Müstair was a quiet, peaceful  and clean village. Residents were very friendly.

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